Sunday, January 25, 2009

A Precious Moment

A few days ago I had a particularly rough day all around. My mood wasn't great, the kids were fighting, and there was some really bad backtalking going on. The older our children get, the more they have a voice. The problem is in not that they have something to say, it's how they communicate it at times that can cause difficulties. It comes down to a heart issue and admittedly, it has started with mine. 

I am reminded of what it says in God's word in:

Ephesians 4:29 - 32
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemtion. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

I can sit here a explain that I am a SAHM that is responsible for the education of 5 children that are 12 and under, and that I live in a new country where my friends and family are not, and, and, and...

Those are called excuses. I am fully aware of all of those things. I'm certain that God has placed me right where I am so that I can grow and be fully dependent upon Him. And I want to glorify God in being blessed to be a SAHM, to be the mother of 5 amazing children, and the wife of a hard-working, commited man whom I adore. It is also a great gift to be able to travel and discover all of these new places that we can see and learn about. It just gets hard sometimes and God shows me that I need to commit all that I do to Him in prayer. It is with His strength that I can do all of these things. 

Fast forward a few days and I sit here today, Sunday, very peaceful, content, joyful, and ready to start a new week. My pastor talked today on Phillipians 3:1-16. It was about Paul pressing on toward the goal to get the prize (paraphrasing here). My pastor talked about the Christian's walk which is one that is a lifelong process until we are with Jesus face to face. We can't sit back and be content with where we are right now and think we have "arrived". We must continue to strive to be more and more like Him. 

My friend, Susan, in Minnesota also encouraged me in saying that sometimes certain struggles we have take a longer time to walk out than others. I appreciated talking with her and being assured that she would be praying for me.

God is so good...all the time. With His Holy Spirit, his perfect Word,  and dedicated friends and family that lift me up and encourage me, I can live out the life God is asking me to. 

The title of my post is "A Precious Moment" which I want to share. On the day that I was struggling with the children, I went off to be by myself to eat my lunch and to also pray. I calmed down and heard the kids whispering in the kitchen. They came to me in a line, from youngest to oldest, with a presentation. They each had something to say.

Cooper walked in and said: "We're thankful for all of our toys".
Then Grant said, "We're thankful for our home". 
Melanie said, "We're thankful for our school".
Braaten said, "We're thankful for our electronics". 
And Austin said, "We're thankful for our food". 

Isn't that a picture of what God wants to hear from us?  

I was speechless. Shawn and I want our children to have a heart of thankfulness. They had me in tears for sure. 

Have a blessed Sunday. 


Pam said...

Sounds to me like you and shawn are doing a wonderful job, even when you don't feel like you are! Be blessed dear sister!

He And Me + 3 said...

That indeed was a precious moment. I love it when they do kind acts out of the goodness of their hearts. Thank you for sharing.

momstheword said...

I love it when my children "get it" because it just encourages me to "get it" as well!

Isn't it wonderful to know that God is alongside each of us. He never leaves us to walk alone does He?

Laughing Momma said...

What a great memory!!!
I loved the "I went off by myself to eat lunch and to pray" part. I often sneek away as well, just to gain new clarity.

I am working on a post about the nick names...check back.

Here is to a good week...


Lois Lane II said...

I'm actually reading a book right now called "All I need is Jesus and a good pair of jeans," and it so relates to me -- and you, too, it seems, lol! All of us try so hard to be Supergirl, but we're really just everyday women with struggles and trials like all. But this book really relates in how I feel connected, now; I'm not the only one who has to go through all the craziness of life. We're not alone! ;)

Melissa said...

Oh goodness! How sweet is that? When my daughter says thank you at an unexpected time or if she does something on her own that we have been trying to teach I say to her, "Those things DO bubble to the top sometimes don't they? I am so proud of you!" ALL of that training and work is paying off mom. Hang in there!

Debra said...

A precious moment, indeed! Blessings to you!